Jaguar recently went back to Jabbeke, Belgium, to recreate an iconic sprint test. Famous test driver Norman Dewis had set a world record average flying mile speed of 172.4mph in a modified XK 120 about 60 years ago. But last March 2, this sprint test was recreated by a new Jaguar F-Type V8 sports car, driven by 1988 Le Mans 24 hour race-winning driver Andy Wallace.
A quality video that features the sprint test and epic cross country drive event can be viewed at http://youtu.be/RFc42QkiurE. Wallace was given only two miles to test the new Jaguar F-TYPE V8 S’s straight-line speed from a standing start and put it to a stop once more. This car only took 4.2 seconds to go from zero to 62mph. It was also able to reach a top speed of 180mph.
This sprint test kicked off a grand drive event where classic Jaguar XK 120, C-type, D-type and E-type sports cars came together with the new 495 PS F-TYPE in a ‘Jaguar Bloodline’ sports car convoy on its way to Geneva, Switzerland, taking place before the 2013 Salon d’Auto, where the new F-TYPE will be presented at the Jaguar stand.
After the sprint test, Wallace said that he was glad to get Jaguar’s invitation to be the first to take part in a public sprint test in the new F-TYPE. He added that this was an incredible feat particularly since the original sprint test road was five miles today and it only had less than half of that to attain 179 mph.
He said that the car was still sprinting towards its maximum speed when he had to step on the brake. Adrian Hallmark, Global Brand Director, said that the original Jabbeke sprint runs mark the comeback of the Jaguar to Belgium. The XK 120 features an attractive design, outstanding sporting performance, and advanced technologies.